A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members October 18, 2007
Association News

Take a Cruise through New AWI Web Site

It’s vibrant, it’s dynamic, it has powerful new features, and it’s open for business 24/7, 365 days a year.  Visit www.awinet.org to experience the enhanced functionality and user friendliness that comes with a state-of-the-art product. 

AWI members can now update their membership records and renew their membership dues online. The new system also allows members to control their online corporate identity within the AWI member community and the vast design-build industry. 

Why is this so important?  Record changes will now immediately impact member listings in the online Membership Directory.  The new record-keeping feature allows all members to update their contact and company profile 24/7, 365 days a year. This enables you to put your best foot forward for vital online business exposure.
 
And, if you’ve forgotten the scope of the membership benefits you receive for your dues dollar, take a cruise through the “Membership Benefits” section.  While you’re at it, encourage nonmembers to visit the site and apply for AWI membership. 

All members were sent a new password to enter the “Members Only” section for benefits that are exclusive to dues-paying members. 

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Corporate Exposure Offered for Attracting New Business – Go for It!

If you are an AWI Manufacturing Member and you are seeking business exposure as an avenue for obtaining potential new customers, explore the AWI “Award of Excellence” program.  Become one of the honorees!  The winning projects of AWI “Award of Excellence” honorees are seen by nearly 25,000 architect and design professional subscribers to Design Solutions.

Like other auspicious honorees featured in the summer 2007 edition of Design Solutions, AWI’s quarterly journal, AWI Manufacturing Member ONSITE Woodwork Corporation of Loves Park, IL (featured below), enjoyed the media exposure that inclusion in the journal brings.  

Don’t miss the next deadline for submissions for the winter AWI “Award of Excellence” Program on December 1, 2007.  All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to apply.  You too can have your outstanding project showcased to architects and design professionals who may be searching for your kind of expertise and creativity.  Click here for details and submission forms.

 

Pictured here is one of four winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the quarterly AWI “Award of Excellence” competition – the corporate offices of Johnson Securities in Atlanta, GA, with wood projects fabricated by ONSITE Woodwork. The beautiful custom made desk in the reception area sets the stage for a warm welcome. Quartered plain Makore and Pomelle Moabi were used for project.  

Photo Credit: Robert Thein, Atlanta, GA
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Professional Development

The Woodwork Career Alliance Receives Contributions

Support for the multi-year Skill Standards project is growing!  Find out how. 

In the past two weeks, funds began arriving from supporters of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America for use in the multi-year Skill Standards project announced in July 2007.  Thanks go out to these two supporters – Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) – for their generous contributions in response to the Alliance’s appeal for funds to match the $92,000 USDA Forest Service grant.

Other contributors who wish to support this program should contact Greg Heuer. Writers who wish to lend their talent and expertise to the project may volunteer their services also by contacting Greg.  For more details about the project, visit the Woodwork Career Alliance Web site.

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Money Matters: Finance Workshop for Non-financial Managers

"It's always best when woodworkers teach woodworkers," says Mike Bell, Chairman of the AWI Education Committee.

"We are looking for hidden talent," he goes on, "to help script and teach our new Money Matters four-hour workshop." Mike would like ALL AWI Manufacturing Members who have an interest in developing this new course to contact Greg Heuer, Director of Training and Member Services, via e-mail. Tell him how you can help create another great educational program for AWI members today.
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How to Use the AWI Cost of Doing Business Report

AWI Past President Scott Nelson has worked up a new four-hour workshop for AWI Manufacturing Members on how to get the MOST out of the annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Report.

"We need testimonials and examples from members on how they make use of the report," Scott said. "Using those real-life examples from coast-to-coast will encourage seminar attendees to share their experiences," he continued. Help beef up our COBD workshop. E-mail your tips and success stories to Greg Heuer, Director of Training and Member Services. 
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Safety Matters

Two New Safety Programs Bow – Read All About Them

Members can look forward to two new safety programs introduced by the AWI Insurance and Safety Committee.

The first debuted as a series of informative columns covering a variety of insurance and safety issues.  The quick-read one-page sheets are designed as resources for AWI members to review and explore.  The AWI/CNA information sheets took a bow in the September monthly mail pack.  The first one was titled “Four Steps for Limiting Your Risk Transfer Liability.”  The second one, “Drug Free Workplace,” will arrive at the end of this month in your October mail pack.

Check out the October issue of AWI NewsBriefs for news about the new quarterly “Safety Tip Challenge.”  Share your safety tips with the AWI Insurance and Safety Committee and enter the competition for a beautiful Starrett Model S909Z combination square valued at nearly $300.  Members may submit entries online at www.awinet.org.  Click on the “Members Only” link and then on “Safety” to enter the “Safety Tip Challenge.”  
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Industry News

LEED® Building Demand Surpasses Builders Supply in Canada

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is questioning whether the supply of contractors schooled in “green” building techniques can meet the demand for LEED buildings. 

CCA has alerted the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that demand has outpaced supply, and that “it can be difficult for builders to properly compete on municipal projects which are mandated to be LEED-certified.”  For more insights into “green” market conditions in Canada, click here.
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Member News

Fox Valley Technical College Program Links Wood and Students to Troops in Iraq

One hundred custom cribbage boards designed and manufactured by students and instructors at the Fox Valley Technical College Wood Manufacturing Technology program in Oshkosh, WI, will soon be headed to American troops in Iraq. 

“We will never forget” is inscribed on the boards that incorporate a USA flag. 

From materials donated by Boehm-Madisen Lumber Company (AWI Supplier Member since 2002) the students assembled, routed, finished and packaged the cribbage boards. 

If you have ideas for shipping solutions, contact Mark Lorge at lorge@fvtc.edu.  For more details about how the project was formulated, click here.

 

Two FVTC instructors, Glenn Koerner (left) and Mark Lorge (right,) guided students in their “We will never forget” custom cribbage board project for U.S. troops in Iraq.
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In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.  See what the AWI Great Lakes and Central Pennsylvania Chapters are planning.

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: Thursday, November 8, 2007
What: Three Seminars:  1) QS 8005 Veneer Solutions; 2) QS 8006 Finishing; 3) Woodworking Contributions to “Green” Building Projects. Click here for program details.
Presenters: Matt Gaglio, Mod Interiors; Frank Moceri, Madiera Woodworking, Inc.; Chuck Cady, Strata Design, Inc. – all chapter leaders
Were:  Midwest Expo, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
More Information:  Programs are targeted to architects, design professionals, contractors and woodworkers. Click here for details about the expo.  Click here for registration.

AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When:
Thursday, November 15, 2007 (all day)
What:  Lean Manufacturing Program (with PowerPoint presentations, discussion, and interaction on the implementation of Lean manufacturing with area woodworking companies); Tabletop exhibits featuring Supplier Members
Presenter: Mike Rothmeier, Simple Solutions
Where: Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Registration:  $75 for members
More Information:  Click here for program & registration details. 
Questions: Chapter President Garry Astles at gastles@northwayind.com.
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Regulatory Issues

Judge Bars DHS Implementation of “No-Match” Rule to Curb Illegal Immigration

The temporary restraining order imposed by a federal judge prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing its new “no-match” rule delayed the effective date to October 12.  However, on October 10 U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer of San Francisco barred the Bush administration from implementing the rule.  The judge granted a preliminary injunction against the DHS plan.

The action was the outcome of lawsuits filed by such groups at the AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which claimed that enforcement of the new rule would create hardship for millions of employers and small businesses. The Small Business Administration joined the outcry against the burdensome requirements of the new rule, noting that the DHS violated the Regulatory Flexibility Act by failing to analyze the impact of the “no-match” rule on small businesses.

Meanwhile, over 23,000 employers are using a voluntary electronic employee verification system in order to avoid difficulties regarding “no-match” letters. They are using E-Verify, a free Web-based system that links to federal databases and confirms whether a new hire is authorized to work in the U.S. 

The injunction will remain in effect until the suit either goes to trial or a higher court intervenes.

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Legislative News

ASA Report Shows Retainage Reform as Important Trend in 2007

In 2007, several states benefited from powerful new laws that address business practices which, for decades, have created cash flow and other financial problems for construction subcontractors.  The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) has documented these policy changes in its 2007 edition of The ASA Report: The Policy Environment in the States.

Now in its fourth year, ASA’s annual report scores each state in individual policy areas and uses them to assign an overall score and grade to each state. The results of the scoring showed a significant trend in new state laws limiting the practice of retainage, which is the withholding of an amount of progress payments (usually a percentage of the contract value or a specified dollar amount) owed to a contractor or subcontractor until its client determines that the funds should be released.

ASA scores states in seven key public policy areas: (1) Prompt payment protections; (2) Treatment of pay-if-paid clauses; (3) Mechanic’s lien protections; (4) Payment bond protections; (5) Retainage limitations; (6) Anti-indemnity protections, including limits on “additional insured” endorsements; and (7) Anti-“bid shopping” measures. The scoring in each policy area took into account both laws and judicial decisions.

The ASA Report: The Policy Environment in the States determined that, other than New Mexico, every state and the District of Columbia earned a failing grade, or overall score of 60 points or less out of 100, in 2007 where key public policies impacting subcontractors are concerned.

The ASA Report did not measure significant activity in 2007 in the categories of anti-’bid shopping’ or payment bond policies. The ASA Report: The Policy Environment in the States is available on the ASA Web site, www.asaonline.com.
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Oops Department

Global Demand for Windows & Doors to Grow 5% Annually Through 2011

Sales of windows and doors are expected to rise to $150 billion in 2011, not 2001, as the typo in the article’s headline initially stated, in the article “Global Demand for Windows & Doors to Grow 5% Annually...” that appeared in the October 4th issue of AWI e-briefs.

E-briefs’ editors regret any confusion caused by the error.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published November 1, 2007. 
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